Today NRA CEO Wayne LaPierre lambasted video games, pornography, and the media during a strange press conference on the Newtown, Conn. shootings that left 20 children and seven adults dead.
“Another little dirty secret the media tries to conceal is a callous corrupt and disgusting shadow industry … vicious violent video games,” he said.
The NRA has been involved in the video game industry before, though.
For instance, there’s “NRA Gun Club” for the old Playstation 2, which you can get for $18.42 on Amazon.
Developed by Crave Entertainment, the game came out in 2006 and is rated ‘E’ for everyone 10+.
The ESRB defines that rating as: “May contain more cartoon, fantasy or mild violence, mild language and/or minimal suggestive themes.”
“In keeping with the NRA mission, this game tests marksmanship in a sporting environment and emphasises responsible use of firearms,” said NRA managing director Mike Marcellin in the press release.
“This is a fun and exciting game, challenging all ages and all levels of firearms proficiency.”
The game’s description:
The game puts over one hundred faithfully recreated firearms in the hands of the player who can try his or her skill in a wide range of immersive 3D practice environments, from indoor ranges with paper targets, to hillsides with poppers or on the skeet course with flying clay pigeons. A certification mode challenges would-be sharpshooters’ skills, and detailed descriptions and information for every firearm make it a must-have for gun collectors and enthusiasts.
“NRA Gun Club” was panned by critics. IGN gave the game a 1.5 out of 10, calling the game “unbearable” and imploring “where’s the option to shoot the disc itself?” Gamespot called it “abysmal” and gave it a score of 1.6 out of 10.
Here’s what the gameplay is like:
“NRA Gun Club” seems the most prominent of the NRA’s games, but it has also released PC games in the past.
There are “NRA High Power Competition” and “NRA Xtreme Accuracy Shooting” — a couple more target-practice games.
And there’s “NRA Varmint Hunter.”
“You’ll go out to the prairie and clear ranch country of little varmints,” touts the description on Amazon. “Shoot the groundhogs and prairie dogs so they don’t dig up fruits and vegetables — and see if you can bag the most!”